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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale 30% OFF Storewide at Oshun Spirit Earth Friendly Goods

30% Off Every Item in the Store

No minimums. No exceptions. 
Just Great Gifts at Incredible Prices.
Absolutely the biggest discounts we've ever offered.

Good through Midnight, Monday November 29, 2010
~ Shop Now ~
Fair Trade Products • Natural Bath and Body at Sweet Water Spa • Gemstone Oils
Pandora-style Bracelets and Beads • Tachyon Jewelry and Wellness Products
Pashmina, Silk, Bamboo, and Genuine Mudcloth Scarves
Chinese Blooming Teas • Himalayan Red Salt • Salt Lamps • Meditation Pyramids
Metaphysical Services • Personal Growth Programs • Reiki Healing

and hundreds more Hard-to-Find Gifts that Make People Happy!

~ PLUS ~
At checkout you'll be automatically entered in to a drawing to win
this gorgeous Journey Beads Bracelet (value $100)
which will be shipped with your order!
1 entry per customer, random drawing midnight 11/29

Enter Coupon Code SAVE30 at checkout and Save 30% today!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

One Good Thing: Laughlines!

I've got 'em and I admit it... I love 'em!

FYI, as we grow older, small crinkles WILL eventually appear around our eyes. It will happen to you, too. Has it already? Is it time for Botox? The knife? Big black Jackie-O glasses?

Breathe. To me they are a map tracing back thru time to the joys of my life. Some call them wrinkles, or crows feet, but I know that they are laugh lines, time lines, moments of clarity and wisdom that erupted in a chuckle and perhaps even bit of spittle and snort!

The prevention and treatment of crows feet and wrinkles is a bazilliongazillion dollar business... but I'm going to have to treat them because I simply cannot prevent them!

I behave badly, wildly and I cannot contain myself sometimes.

Wrinkle Experts warn to avoid sun exposure, but I have two beaches on my property for a reason...  I'm a sunny girl! I wear sunscreen to prevent burning and sunglasses to prevent squinting, but I love to be outdoors all day on the lake, in summer and winter, spring and fall, and I love to laugh!

I might even consider Botox or laser resurfacing treatments before I give up enjoying Bob Marley and a frosty Magarita with friends under the blazing summer sun, or the laughing that accompanies bad golf, tipped kayaks, snowboarding in Tshirts, or big, wet dogs around ladies in brand new designer weekend wear.

Actually, I do use acupuncture to reduce stress (also called a needle facelift) and and the result is a regenerated, fresh face... clusters of tiny needles placed into the skin around my eyes, on my neck, and shoulders are a small inconvenience for the joy of driving with the top down from April to October.

But embracing the crinkles is like looking back in time, like an album of sorts, of wisdom and joy. These lines affirm that I can see that I am more than capable of embracing my life experiences from a powerful place of learning and growth... and a smile.

Some of the lines I really like were born when I discovered
  • that I like hot sauce on my eggs
  • that I’m an empath
  • that even though I am a mother, I actually DON’T know everything, and probably never will
  • how to love myself
  • that not everybody’s problem is necessarily mine
  • that I have the choice to do anything I want
  • that I am not forever young, but by growing older I become wiser and there fore more beautiful
  • that I can say no and mean it
  • that I can say yes and enjoy it
  • that those jeans never made me look as fat as I thought I was! 
Your first laughline... one good thing! Your fiftieth.... even better!
May you be blessed!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wish I may, Wish I might!


Do you believe in wishes-come-true? I do! 

In the next seven days, simply "like" our Facebook fan page and pick three items that you would love to own, to give, or both! 

Create your 3-item wish list from BOTH www.oshunspirit.net and www.oshunspirit.com  (you have to pick items from BOTH stores) and post it on our Fan Page or here in the comments section below. I'll pick one lucky winner (random number based on number of posts) on Black Friday. Be sure to tell all your friends, because this is one good thing!

Well, that's three good things!

May you be blessed!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

One Good Thing: A Wisdom Tale

A favorite lesson from The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz

There was a man who wanted to transcend his suffering so he went to a Buddhist temple to find a Master to help him. He went to the Master and asked, "Master, if I meditate four hours a day, how long will it take for me to transcend?"

The Master looked at him and said, "If you meditate four hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in ten years."

Thinking he could do better, the man then said, "Oh, Master, what if I meditate eight hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend?"

The Master looked at him and said, "If you meditate eight hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in twenty years."

"But why will it take me longer if I meditate more?" the man asked.

The Master replied, "You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life. You are here to live, to be happy, and to love. If you can do your best in two hours of meditation, but spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired and miss the point; you won't enjoy your life. Do your best, and perhaps you will learn no matter how long you meditate, you can live, love and be happy."

May you be blessed!

Monday, November 15, 2010

One Good Thing: Yeha-Noha

In the spirit of the season, I've decided to offer One Good Thing each day thru November 30 that might make you smile, lift your Spirit, inspire you to take a new direction, or simply give thanx for the blessings in your life.

This song is a gift in my own life, it transports my heart to a time of pure delight and wonder as my boys learned to catch and clean fish,  plant a garden, and learn to read scat and other secrets of the forest. It reminds me of driving in the car on the way to the lake, and they knew every word of this song (even though they made some of them up) and would listen to it and sing it over and over for an hour a more, "play it again Mom!"  This and the cassettes, "Keepers of the Animals," which are wisdom stories by Joseph Bruchac.

Although I did not know what the words (especially the ones they made up) meant, I did know they stirred something very beautiful in our souls and made a connection for us to something sacred and waiting to be discovered. This one song has the power to bring waves of great joy, and even a happy tear, hearing it again today. It is one good thing. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

One Good Thing: Encouragement

We all need to encourage others and receive encouragement ourselves. Let these words of wisdom in inspire, motivate, and encourage you, today!

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. 
No other argument is necessary to suggest that we never miss 
the opportunity to give encouragement."
- George Adams

"Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often 
a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise." 
-Robert Martin

May you be blessed!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

All it takes is one good thing...

In the spirit of the season, I've decided to offer One Good Thing each day thru November 30. It may be a freebie, a service, a discount, a poem or song... today it's a beautiful bead set found in my storefront on Addoway.com

I do believe that all it takes is One Good Thing to set in motion ALL Good Things. So whether you are looking for a gift for someone special, or a little pick-me-up for you, I hope you will check out the offering each day and see if it isn't One Good Thing that you could enjoy or pass along with a smile, a kind word, an act of compassion.... all it takes is one good thing to happen...

One good thing today is: this bead set free with coupon code 1goodthing worth $20
There's only one!

I hope you enjoy this lovely song by Lou Rhodes
May you be blessed!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Goodwill to All: Reflections on a kinder, gentler Entrepreneur

"... in times when we may be having trouble making our own dreams come true, the best way to transform our energy is to help another. An act of creation with the universe is the same whether we intend it for ourselves or someone else..."

This little snippet came across my Facebook news feed the other day and I've been really thinking about how this attitude is becoming the "new normal." It could in fact, even be a happy byproduct of social media marketing and networking, transparency and real-time interactions however virtual they may be. It takes the The Law of Attraction out of the abstract and Golden Rule out of religion and into the small business marketplace. And that might just be a very good thing, and not just for Entrepreneurs.

I’ve noticed a sea change in the mindset of many of the people I work and interact with every day. No longer are they grasping for success in an opportunistic, parasitic, greed-is-good sort of way. Rather, they’re seeking the good life in a kinder, gentler, more holistic way, working to become better human beings and help others do likewise. It’s interesting. As the economy worsened, the floods ravaged, and Mother Earth shook, and blew, and stormed, more of us reflected on what really matters in life. As many were forced to put away the expensive toys and distractions, they began noticing their inner lives.

...and that it’s just not cool to be a jerk anymore, anywhere.

As a society we’re realizing that we really are all in this together—and we need to be kind to one another. For both individuals, and organizations and societies, the journey to goodness will surely take time—but the process itself is energizing and joyful. When you make the decision to become a better person, two things happen. First, you get an immediate surge of happiness and validation. Second, others will respond to the change in your behavior by changing their own. Goodness begets goodness, so to speak.

The holidays are almost here with them comes our yearly dose of “goodwill toward men.” At Thanksgiving we celebrate gratitude. At Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa we honor the Higher Power and draw our families and friends close. All this positive energy culminates in a collective fever of self-improvement as we make New Year’s Resolutions. But as 2010 gives way to 2011, many of us won’t return to our self-centered, apathetic, ego-centric, materialistic ways. Instead, we’ll seek to keep the goodwill going.

Why? Like I said, it’s just not cool to be a jerk anymore.

The cultural momentum which labeled everything, including people, as a means to one’s own happiness, had become almost overwhelming. One engaged in relationships, and participated in groups, aiming only to find happiness for oneself (instead of intending the good of the other). But relationships based on either utility or pleasure are not very satisfying. These are inherently fragile relationships, since the time can come when the other person is no longer useful to us, or no longer serves as a source of pleasure.

So, think about this: Take a close look at your own motives. In all relationships ask yourself, Am I intending the good of the other, or seeking to serve myself? Awareness is the first step toward change. People are starting to realize that life can and should be rich and full and that this state of being doesn’t have much to do with money. It has to do with goodness. Yes, prosperity often flows from goodness, but it’s a byproduct, not a goal in and of itself. More and more of us are asking, What kind of person do I really want to be? And how can I BE that person?

Love. Practice it. Our culture has perpetuated tragically immature views on what love is. We believe it’s a “feeling”; that it’s conditional; or that it’s synonymous with good sex. Of course, all of these misunderstandings result in misery instead of fulfillment. Whether it’s practiced in the context of marriage, friendship, or even work relationships, love actually means “intending the good of the other.” Unfortunately, our culture of individualism tends to work against practicing love in its true form. At home and in the workplace, always, always, always treat others with dignity. Protecting human dignity is at the very heart of being a good person (and not a jerk).

Hope. Cultivate it. To squelch hope doesn’t just cause momentary unhappiness, it influences people not to do the things they need to do. The cancer patient who doesn’t have hope won’t work toward his own recovery. The child who’s told he’ll never go to college won’t do his homework. The budding entrepreneur won’t chase her dream. So you see, taking away hope from others harms them in a very real way. And it harms you as well.

Gratitude. Awaken it. Are you grateful for all that you have? I'm committed to paying attention to all that I have: friends and family who love me, clients, customer-friends, and business associates who help me earn my income, the beautiful world in which I live. I am grateful. I am mindful to say “thank you” to others, the simplest form of courtesy. We have all felt annoyance when people fail to verbalize gratitude for something significant we have done for them. This is not only ingratitude, but also rudeness. It is being a jerk.

Goodness, gratitude, enhances the good reputation of those who do good deeds. When you speak a kind word about them to others there is a magnetism, expressions of gratitude bring further rewards. It's more than a social networking business strategy.

Its about really connecting to become better human beings. Two way conversations in which I take time to listen, and you do. Its about gratitude, dignity, hope and love. It's about Goodwill to All! It's about time!

May you be blessed!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Journey Beads has joined Oshun Spirit Earth Friendly Goods at Addoway.com

In an effort to make shopping easier and more convenient for my customer-friends, I have moved the Journey Beads inventory from Bonanzle to our new storefront on Addoway.com. Now, you can shop both stores in one easy-to-check-out location

And, because Addoway does not charge a listing or final value fee for me to sell there, I am able to offer reduced prices on much of the merchandise in addition to seasonal discount coupons and Addobucks, a "special currency" you can earn to spend in my store by Tweeting and posting on Facebook as part of the Share and Save Discount program there. This means it's easier than ever to get the great deals, without having to wait for special auctions to end
or the 3-hour sales that were featured at our old marketplace venue.

I'll be adding to our gorgeous selection of bio resonance Pandora-style beads and bead sets from Journey Beads in the next few weeks. And stay tuned, I just got a shipment of the hottest bracelets out there: the braided leather style in black (7.5 inch length), brown (7.5, 7.75, and 8 inch lengths) and cream (7.5 and 8 inch lengths) all stamped 925 silver and marked Pandora on the clasp. I'll be able to offer these at a remarkable $10 each, and yes you can use your Addobucks to purchase them! Give me a day or two and I'll get them listed at the Addoway storefront, www.oshunspirit.com 

You can start earning your Addobucks today to apply to your purchases later!

Look for exciting new merchandise including beautiful Fair Trade Silk Scarves from Thailand, quality Tachyon Himalayan Salt Rock Candleholders, and luxurious Silk/Cashmere Pashmina Shawls in classic animal prints. Fresh Moldavite, Labradorite and Angelite soaps will be ready to cut this week. Twelve varieties of Chinese Blooming Teas are scheduled to arrive next week!

We're excited to stock our shelves with Unique, Fair Trade, and Earth Friendly Goods
that you won't find elsewhere. Are you ready for some inspired gift giving?

Come visit us in our new marketplace location on Addoway.com
and our flagship store on our website

As always, your patronage is deeply appreciated, and your special requests are always welcome.
May you be blessed!